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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Claflin dining is good, but they should consider operating more hours than whats provided. Also they should add other resturants on campus, because all we have is pizza hut and jazzman's cafe. After awhile it gets old eating the samething all the time.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Wednesday's are the days when everyone comes to the cafe.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: the food is decent. have a nice variety

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the food at the cafe is generally great, but they don't present the diversity they advertise and there aren't too many choices.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The cafe at our school is poor in my opinion. Sodexo is responsible for our meals and in my opinion they are there just for the money. The options available are little to none and sort of a redundant choice selection every day. The student we have, has a pizza hut and a Jazzman's Cafe but they are often over crowded and getting food from there takes a very long time.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 918th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1179th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1239th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1309th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1334th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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The dining hall has numerous options with respect to the food that it serves. There is a deli, fast food selections, grill, innovations section, a salad bar, and various entrées. This gives students the ability to mix and match their meals to suit their eating style. However, students eventually get tired of the dining hall food because it becomes redundant by mid-semester, and you will begin to see food items being repeated. The cafeteria, like everything else, has its good days and bad days. Some days it can be so busy that students are lining up outside the doors waiting to get in, and other days it can be slow and less noisy. The ambiance of the cafeteria is very upbeat—it’s always lively; however, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when it’s crowded and you can’t find a place to sit. The cafeteria workers are very friendly and ready to serve students the best meals they can, but they will not tolerate students trying to take food out of the cafeteria.

Some students complain that the cafeteria lacks variety, especially for people with special dietary needs, and this is true—there are not many options for vegetarians, people with restricted diets (kosher, especially), or anyone trying to eat healthy. Basically, the food prepared here is very Southern style, so expect to see everything dipped, battered, and fried before being put on your plate!

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4840 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Well, there's only one dining hall on campus . . .
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Paw
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Fruit
  • Grits
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Shrimp
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
There aren't any late-night options on campus.
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Sodexo caters the food for both Claflin and neighboring South Carolina State University.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Claflin Dining Hall
Location: Panther Plaza
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast, deli, desserts, entrées, fruit, pasta, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 .m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Paw
Location: Student Center
Food: Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options



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